Dry (Mixed Fruit) Loaf


Ingredients

  • 5 oz dried fruits (apricot, peach, dates, pears, apple)
  • 1 large orange
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 oz chopped walnuts

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.  Line a 9 x 5 loaf tin with greaseproof paper and butter the paper
  • Place the dried fruits in a bowl and add lukewarm water and leave for about 30 minutes
  • With vegetable peeler remove orange rind and chop them into fine pieces
  • Drain dried fruits and chop them into small pieces
  • Squeeze juice from orange and add enough water to make ¾ cup orange juice
  • Place the chopped dried fruits in a bowl and add raisins, orange peel, orange juice, sugar and oil
  • Beat eggs in a bowl and add the fruit mixture to the eggs
  • Sift flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda and fold them into the fruit mixture in 3 batches and mix well
  • Add chopped walnuts and mix well
  • Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for about 1 hour or a skewer inserted comes out clean
  • Cool in tin for about 15 minutes and transfer to a wire rack and cool completely
  • If the loaf becomes too dry (after cooling) wrap them in a foil to keep the moisture in
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